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  • Thu., Oct. 08, 2015 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM CDT Texans Friday: Kolache Factory

    Thursday, October 8
    7am-8am – Kolache Factory, 811 Louisiana St., Houston, TX 77002

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE sausage & cheese kolache (1/person) for this hour at any area Kolache Factory

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures at this Kolache Factory location

    More info: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Texans-Friday.html

  • Sat., Oct. 10, 2015 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.

  • Sat., Oct. 10, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans Late Night

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday during the regular season at 11 PM for this  show that goes 1-on-1 with Texans players to get to know them on a personal basis and is hosted by Voice of the Houston Texans Marc Vandermeer and Texans Insider Deepi Sidhu.

  • Sun., Oct. 11, 2015 10:35 PM - 11:05 PM CDT Houston Texans Inside the Game

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Sunday at 10:35 PM for this in-season show that recaps each Houston Texans game in-depth with coverage and analysis from Greg Bailey and Spencer Tillman.

  • Tue., Oct. 13, 2015 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet TBD Texans player(s) at the Verizon Destination Store, 1700 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

    Player(s) subject to change.

    In order to provide a positive, memorable experience for all fans, please be aware of the following:

    • Each fan will have the opportunity to have a picture taken with the scheduled player(s) as well as receive a signed autograph card, provided by Verizon. Alternatively, fans may bring a Verizon-branded item to be signed.

    • Autographs are only allowed during designated timeslots as part of the event. Players will not sign autographs during any other time. Fans are not to ask players for autographs before or after the show, or outside of the store.

    • This is a free exclusive opportunity for all fans. Let’s keep it that way. No items obtained during the Verizon Texans Players Show should be sold or traded for profit.

    Exclusive for Verizon Customers:

    Show us your active Verizon device and you and a guest can skip the line and have one personal item signed.

  • Tue., Oct. 13, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT Player Signing at XFINITY

    Meet Texans running back Alfred Blue at the XFINITY store located at 1501 Lake Robbins Dr, Ste. 180, The Woodlands, TX 77380.

    Celebrity(ies) subject to change.

  • Tue., Oct. 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Duane Brown Live from Fuddruckers

    Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday during the regulars season from 6-7 PM at the Fuddruckers (3929 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77027) for a Texans Radio live broadcast on SportsRadio 610 with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer, and special guests!

    Plus, all Houston area Fuddruckers will be feature a buy one Texans Burger, Get One Free every Tuesday during the season for fans showing up in their Texans gear, whether the Texans win or lose their previous game, so don't miss out!

    Then stay for Texans Live from 7-8 PM.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

  • Tue., Oct. 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Player Signing at Kroger

    Meet Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson at the Kroger located at 11003 Shadow Creek Pkwy., Pearland, TX 77584.

    Celebrity(ies) subject to change.

  • Fri., Oct. 16, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Fuddruckers

    Friday, October 16
    Noon-1pm – Fuddruckers, 10101 South Post Oak Rd., Houston, TX 77096

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE classic shake (1/person) for this hour at any area Fuddruckers

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

    More info: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Texans-Friday.html

  • Sat., Oct. 17, 2015 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Extra Points

    Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 6:30 PM for this weekly in-season Houston Texans show that previews the upcoming Texans game in-depth with special guests and is hosted by Drew Dougherty from Texans TV.



Five things to watch: Texans at Panthers

Posted Aug 10, 2012

Here are five things to watch as the Texans take on the Carolina Panthers in their preseason opener.

Keshawn Martin

Here are five things to watch as the Texans (10-6 last season, 1st in AFC South) take on the Carolina Panthers (6-10, 3rd NFC South) in their preseason opener at Bank of America Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 11. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. CT.

1. First-team reps: The Texans' starters will be limited to 12-15 plays on Saturday, but it will be by no means insignificant.

For quarterback Matt Schaub, it will be his first game action since Nov. 13, when he suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury at Tampa Bay. Assuming Andre Johnson plays, it will be the first time he and Schaub are in a game together since Oct. 2, Week 4 of last season. Schaub, Johnson and running back Arian Foster played in less than four full quarters together in 2011.

The Texans’ defense will get a couple of series to exact a small measure of revenge on Cam Newton and the Panthers from last season, when Carolina snapped the Texans’ franchise-record seven-game winning streak with a 28-13 victory at Reliant Stadium. In training camp, the Bulls on Parade have looked every bit in like the unit that finished second in the league in defense in 2011, and this will be their first chance to pick up where they left off last season.

2. Young WRs: Rookie fourth-round draft pick Keshawn Martin has emerged, for now, as the Texans’ third wide receiver. He will likely see action with the starters on Saturday whether or not Andre Johnson is in the game.

Martin is listed on the Texans’ unofficial depth chart as a second-team wide receiver behind Johnson. Veteran Bryant Johnson is listed on the second team behind Kevin Walter. Lestar Jean, a second-year pro, and DeVier Posey, a rookie third-round pick from Ohio State, are listed on the third team. 

Martin seems to have separated from the pack so far in training camp, but Jean and Posey have had flashes and could make up ground with strong performances in the preseason. Jean was limited to one full preseason game last year, catching two passes for 51 yards, before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. Posey has starter potential but missed 10 games at Ohio State last season due to suspensions.

Jeff Maehl, Trindon Holliday, Juaquin Iglesias and undrafted rookies Mario Louis and Jerrell Jackson are also vying for roster spots. Maehl and Holliday both had stints on the Texans’ active roster last season.

3. Mercilus’ debut: Saturday night will mark the professional debut of Whitney Mercilus, the Texans’ first-round draft pick out of Illinois.

The 22-year-old rookie outside linebacker has been as advertised, wowing coaches and teammates this offseason with the pass-rushing prowess that helped him lead the NCAA with 16 sacks and nine forced fumbles in 2011. Mercilus is playing the Will position on the weakside as the backup Connor Barwin, which allows him to focus on rushing the passer as he transitions to the NFL.

If Mercilus continues to progress as expected, he will give the Texans a third edge rusher to complement Barwin and Reed, who combined for 21 sacks in the 2011 regular season and playoffs. The Texans lost franchise career sack leader Mario Williams in free agency to the Buffalo Bills this offseason, leaving a need for a third outside linebacker that Mercilus looks primed to fill.

Other young players to watch who have impressed in training camp include cornerback Brandon Harris, safety Eddie Pleasant, outside linebacker Bryan Braman, tight end Garrett Graham and running back Justin Forsett. Defensive end Tim Jamison will start for J.J. Watt, who’s out with a dislocated elbow, while inside linebacker Mister Alexander could start for Brian Cushing, who was sick this week.

4. Position battles: Preseason games are where the Texans’ position battles at right guard, right tackle and kicker will truly sort themselves out.

Antoine Caldwell is projected to start at right guard on Saturday. Rashad Butler should start at right tackle. Rookie guard Brandon Brooks and second-year tackle Derek Newton will be first off the bench behind the two veterans, and third-year guard Shelley Smith is also in the mix with Caldwell and Brooks. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has said he would like to make a decision at both spots by the third week of the preseason.

“Our right side of our offensive line, those guys are going to play probably more than anybody, because we need to figure out who those starters are going to be,” Kubiak said.

At kicker, rookie Randy Bullock and veteran Shayne Graham have been neck-and-neck this offseason. Bullock is the favorite to win the job, seeing as he was the first kicker ever drafted by the Texans and the first of four kickers drafted league-wide in 2012. But the question remains whether the Texans could opt for experience in Graham, a 12th-year veteran. Kubiak said he will alternate the players kick-for-kick during preseason games to give both as many chances as possible.

“We got a good battle going on there between two guys, and, hopefully, they both get some shots to do it,” Kubiak said.

5. T.J.’s time: In a return to the state where he played his college ball, quarterback T.J. Yates will likely get the majority of the Texans’ reps on Saturday. It will be a litmus test of sorts to see how much he has progressed in his second NFL offseason.

Yates, a 2011 fifth-round draft pick out of North Carolina, unexpectedly started seven games as a rookie last season after injuries to Schaub and Matt Leinart. He led the Texans to a comeback division-clinching victory at Cincinnati in Week 14 and to a victory in the team’s first-ever playoff game against the Bengals in the Wild Card round. He also threw three interceptions and had a passer rating of 28.8 in the Texans’ Divisional Round loss at Baltimore.

This offseason has provided more invaluable experience for Yates. Schaub sat out of OTAs (organized team activities), giving Yates three more weeks to practice as a starter. He also gets first-team reps each afternoon in training camp with Schaub being held out of the Texans’ indoor practices.

Yates, 25, already has more experience than many NFL quarterbacks – including 31-year-old John Beck – get in their entire careers. As he settles into a backup role, every positive showing he has will leave the Texans feeling that much more confident in their safety net behind Schaub.


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